Postgame wrap


News, notes and observations from the Raiders’ 13-10 win over the Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium:

— The Raiders don’t win games like this. The Raiders lose games like this.

They had reason to feel good about many aspects of their play in their Week 1 loss to the San Diego Chargers, and maybe even be a little embarrassed about how they went about their win in Week 2.

Bottom line, they’re 1-1 going into Week 3 against Denver and had every reason to get on the plane and get out of Kansas City as soon as possible to celebrate their good fortune before a replay official determined Darren McFadden hadn’t actually scored on a 5-yard run to win the game.

— By the way, that’s the “first-place” Denver Broncos coming into the Coliseum. Denver beat Cleveland easily after getting a fluke win in Week 1.

— If you want iron-clad evidence that turnover ratio is the most important stat in football, look no further than the Raiders-Chiefs game book. Chiefs 2, Raiders 0.

— The Chiefs finished with 409 yards, in part because of a Raiders offense that went three-and-out six times and kept putting them back on the field.

The Raiders, who needed 69 yards on their last drive to break 100 and finish with 166, have played 60 games since they last gained 400 yards in total offense.

Kansas City out-statted the Raiders pretty much everywhere it counted except turnovers, with the Raiders getting a pair of interceptions from Michael Huff and not turning the ball over.

It didn’t count as a turnover, but the Chiefs made a third egregious error late in the first half when Dantrell Savage was tackled inbounds by Nnamdi Asomugha with five seconds to go before halftime and the Chiefs failing to get even a field goal attempt.

— Nineteen-for-54 would be a hell of a batting average for Ichiro at .352, but it’s unacceptable for an NFL starting quarterback at 35.2 percent. Yet somehow, just as JaMarcus Russell came through with a fourth-and-14 touchdown pass against San Diego, he completed four passes on Oakland’s final drive after completing three up to that point.

Coach Tom Cable told reporters it was “as poor as you can play offensively and still win the game” but never considered changing quarterbacks.

Russell told reporters at the podium following the game he never feared getting the hook.

“I know that I am the guy. With the three and outs, that is something that we are doing to ourselves,” Russell said. “We went on the sidelines and chalked things up and tried to take it from there. I never once worried about coach taking me out.”

— At Arrowhead, Sebastian Janikowski is every bit the kicker Al Davis envisioned when he made him a first round draft pick in 2002. Once upon a time, Janikowski had his first field goal attempt (from 44 yards) blocked by the Chiefs Derrick Ransom as a rookie in 2002.

He hasn’t missed since. Janikowski is 17-for-18 on field goal attempts at Arrowhead, including conversions from 48 and 54 yards against the Chiefs Sunday. In 2007, he connected from 54 yards, last season he was good from 56. The Raiders have won each of those games.

Janikowski also forced a touchback after Darren McFadden’s 5-yard run.

— Cable said the fractured fibula suffered by left guard Gallery appeared to be similar to the one that kept Khalif Barnes out four to six weeks but conceded he didn’t yet have a definitive prognosis regarding how long Gallery would be out.

When Gallery departed, Chris Morris moved to left guard and Samson Satele played center. Cable talked during the week of having Khalif Barnes get some work at guard, although it didn’t happen. Gallery’s injury ought to hasten that development.

— Todd Watkins is in the books and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Raiders had reached the Chiefs 37 with a third-and-10 when Cornell Green was called for a false start, pushing them back to the 42. It was then that Russell threw a 28-yard strike to Watkins, the Raiders biggest offensive play of the game. Watkins described it afterward as “like a dream.”

Rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey also had his first catch, an 18-yard reception in the first quarter. He was targeted six times.

In two games, Russell has completed 7 of 33 passes to wide receivers.

— McFadden got to the edge and the winning touchdown, but did nothing to dispel the notion that he goes down too easily on occasion. He still hasn’t proven himself as an NFL runner who can flourish both inside and outside. Russell’s attempts at short passes to backs were at times so awful McFadden wasn’t able to produce in that area, either.

— Michael Huff, going from draft bust to defensive mainstay in the last two weeks, credited heavy film study for his big game against the Chiefs.

“It has to go back to studying film. We put in extra work this week,” Huff said. “Nnamdi is a defensive leader and he held an extra meeting for the DBs that was an hour, two hours after everybody else. He is a great leader and he had us watching film so we knew the offense well. Especially when you get pass rush from the front four, it makes playing in the secondary a lot easier.”

Chiefs running back Larry Johnson sounded a lot like the Raiders players did last week against the Chargers.

“Our spirits were so high in the last two minutes of the game and then were certainly crushed at the end,” Johnson said.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley’s interview transcription could have been utilized by any one of several Raiders coaches over the past several years.

“We’re going to have a smart team here. Nine penalties and a couple of those things don’t reflect a smart team so we’re going to get back to work,” Haley said. “We work too hard at it and put too much time into it to not. That’s what I take out of this game.”

Quotes furnished by Kansas City Chiefs public relations staff


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • If you want to compare Russell to Flacco, why not compare the Ravens to the Raiders?

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    And don’t blame cable for where dmc and bush run bush said its their cal whether to go inside or outside

  • DT42


    Brees is on another planet but Russell is very accurate inside the hash marks. We just have to extend it to outpatterns and he will be All Pro.


  • DownTheBayMOG

    if you watched LSU play, Russell was not ”jumpball QB”. Did his guys make plays on the ball? yea. but he also threw the ball accurately. they ran a precision offense w/ 3 & 4 wrs and he had to do more than just throw the ball up. he earned his completion %. again, the screwed w/ his mechanics too much & now he’s thinking too much about ”how” to throw the ball. jimbo fisher called plays that suited russell & played to his strengths.

  • Einstein

    BUT, in defense of the stats and statements I made regarding Brees vs. Russell…. Brees wasn’t very good in San Diego until Rivers was drafted, and in his final year with the Chargers Brees was very good. Then he moves to the Saints and he is stellar. Lets just hope that scenario isn’t the same for the JaBlingster and his fur coat.

  • jhill

    Russell is our QB, whether we like it or not. Time to move on the the Donks game. It’s going to take an act of god to get Russell out of there, especially if he keeps coming up with 4th qtr go ahead TD drives. That is going the excuse they use to keep him in there. We should be 2-0 when it’s all said and done.

  • Oakglenn Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    September 21st, 2009 at 2:21 pm


    The STADIUM booed when he came back in. That will help his development I am sure.


    I thought I heard boos…then he threw a TD and the crowd went wild!

  • 4evaRaider

    Thank You very much DT42…that was totally awesome!!!

  • RaiderNation4Life1

    LA to TheBay Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    “Hate on DHB all you want, he is a very good blocker. Watch his block on DMacs TD.”

    Ya that was an outstanding block. Hard to hate on the kid.

    Caught the one good pass that was thrown in his zip code yesterday. Actually caught what would have been a TD, negated by penalty.

    your right why hate him now and i agree on the td that he should of had for his very first nfl td if it wasnt for the slob cornell he woulda had his first nfl td and my money is on murphy he is the best rookie wr its a shame he was selected in round 4 but it is sad that he actually have his first nfl td before our first round draft pick but aye im not complainin i hope jruss and dhb pulls it together against denver and i think cable has something against javon its either he is not 100% or they just dont like him but once i here news that chaz is coming back i will jump for joy because then jruss will actually be back on track with his throwing because his second fav target(1st zach miller)will be back that will help him get the ball out more and then will help him work on gettin the ball to dhb n murphy

  • 4evaRaider

    Eienstien…check out post 705 and then tell me if you feel the same way

  • # 16yearsold16yearfan Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Did anybody see that block by mcfadden on the throw to watkins on the last drive he has been hitting people lately

    16/16, the SD game last year in their yard, they got real physical with us, and Dmac starting knocking heads off. That earned some respect for him from me. Now, if he can only keep his feet when he is toting the rock.

  • 16yearsold16yearfan Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    And don’t blame cable for where dmc and bush run bush said its their cal whether to go inside or outside

    What? Who’s call? The player’s? I don’t think so.

    “Run the flip, run the flip,” McFadden said he was thinking in the huddle with 72 seconds left in Sunday’s game. “I guess me and coach are on the same page.”

    “I just went with my gut there,” Raiders coach Tom Cable said of his play call. “I knew the play would be there if we needed a big play.”

    So the players decide if they run inside or out? No they don’t.

  • Mike Mitchell make any plays yesterday?

  • Raiders P Shane Lechler averaged 56.9 yards on seven punts Sunday against Kansas City, and K Sebastian Janikowski made a 54-yard and a 48-yard field goal. Each one received a game ball. “Our two kickers put this this team on their back and carried us,” coach Tom Cable said.

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    After the game yesterday bush said when the running backs get the ball its their choice to go off tackle or inside the tackles he said they need to get better at that

  • DT42


    your welcome, Brees just blew me away with that performance but i really think that JRuss can pull it together. He just needs to keep pushing. I look at what he can do inside the hashmarks and he is very accurate. Its anything outside the hashmarks and he struggles.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Rich Gannon was drafted by the Patriots in 97 who were going to turn him into a D-Back. His first part of his career, he was barely a journeyman. He was a backup for the Vikings, ‘Skins and Chiefs. Only after Gruden put him in the West Coast offense did he develop into the 3 time all-pro. From 1987-98, he never could outright win a starting position. He was no Namath, Young, Staubach, Stabler etc. He was a average QB who got wiser and better with age and dedication. A typical AD project like Plunkett. In the Superbowl, his and Callahan’s arrogance helped keep the plays the same, partly contributing to our loss. IMHO

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    Cable could call more tosses and reverses but its not all his fault

  • Sorry 16/16…my bad…I thought you meant play calls. Sorry. That makes sense.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Smart players keep an play in the hat for crunch time like Lewis did yesterday. he said he saw the move earlier but saved it.

  • # Dakota Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Mike Mitchell make any plays yesterday?

    he was in for one or two plays, and I think on one or two special teams plays. I don’t think he was credited with any tackles.

  • DownTheBayMOG

    Drew Brees also has something else that Russell doesn’t have….about 7 or 8 years experience. and for all his stats, how many times have the Saints been to the playoffs? he was another guy who didn’t play very well early on and is a prime example of why you can’t give up on anyone. no one was praising his football IQ when he was 18 games in, he was just not there yet.

  • DT42

    i’d love to see JRuss in a Steelers type passing attack. And maybe add in some WR screens for DHB that would open up the vertical attack. Also i’m really worried about the lack of cut blocking and outside zone plays with this years Raiders. McFadden thrives in a outside zone scheme. Bush is more of a downhill type. I expect Cable to start using his weapons better as the season goes. A 10 win season is a realistic goal.

  • DT42


    well said.

  • September 21 4:12 ET “Raiders coach Tom Cable challenged his younger players to practice and study harder. When youre as young as we are in some areas, you have to learn how this is your job and this has to consume you that way,” he said. “Its not like when you leave the office you just check out just go into the real world and do whatever. You dont do that in football. It’s just not possible.”

    That is directed right at Russell. Russell isn’t putting in the work…

  • You guys should pop in a tape of Steve Young his first year in the league. He’s running around like a lunatic not completing passes. You marvel at his athleticism, but you think, this guy is not going to be a good NFL Q. And there were reasons for that: he went to a terrible team that had poor blocking and no playmakers, and let’s not forget, he was the marquee guy in another league trying to take $$$ from real NFL players, so THEY WERE PISSED AT HIM, and were trying to take him apart. Once he got decent coaching and settled down, he seemed to turn out alright.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Gannon sure changed after he left the team that led him to fame. Ingrate!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Where’s the fix JerryMac?

  • First Cable had to call him out to get him back into the offseason workout program, now he is calling him out about work ethic issues.

    Time to grow up Russell. The only one preventing you from being great is the guy with the fat face you stare at in the mirror in the mornings.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    1-1 after 2 games is what i think we all expected. i knew this game was going to be tough and we sure made it harder. 1st was the early play calling in which we passed on 1st down, then a predictable run on 2nd, with an even more predictable pass on 3rd.we should of ran from the start.jruss has been brutal at best and we’re working with 2 rookie starting wr’s. no zach yesterday badly overthrown on 1 and dropped that mini hail mary. needs to be utilized better. cornell is awful, gallery injury is concerning, o-line scary. huff,sebass,lechler clutched up. d overall was average but can’t blame them. o was horrible. still 1-1. STOMP THE BRONCS!!!

  • Oakglenn,

    But does Russell have the drive Young had? I seriously doubt it…that was one of the concerns about Russell coming out of the draft…he has the ability, but will he work towards perfecting his game? Young never gave up, worked his butt off and it paid off in the end…right now, unless something really clicks for him, it sure doesn’t appear that he can do what Steve young did.

    I am praying for Russell to have that moment where he realizes that he has to spend hours and hours each week perfecting his game, and getting his body into game shape in order to ever fully tap his potential.

  • DownTheBayMOG

    ”That is directed right at Russell. Russell isn’t putting in the work…”

    You don’t know that. we have TONS of young guys on this team. how do you know he’s not putting in the work? maybe he’s just having a rough beginning 2 the season.

  • Nnamdi21

    16yearsold16yearfan Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 3:10 pm
    After the game yesterday bush said when the running backs get the ball its their choice to go off tackle or inside the tackles he said they need to get better at that


    Its starting to look like McFadden is giving Fargas a run for his money in who’s worst at reading blocks and field vision.

    DMC’s the biggest puzzay I’ve ever seen when it comes to getting tackled.

    Its like he’s horrified his legs might get injured so he goes down if someone farts near him.


    What? He needs every thing to be perfect to break one?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Maybe Mike Golic can get JaMarcus on the Nutri-System program. Mike lost 50lbs.

    I can just see the commercial.

    “I’m JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders and I lost 50lbs on the Nutri-System Diet. Look how good I look and now I can be the fast mobile QB with the rocket arm for Al Davis’s vertical offense.”

  • DownTheBayMOG

    Steve Young sat behind one of the best QBs to ever play and played with one of the best coaches & teams in the history of the NFL. The only thing driving him was to get out of Montanas shadow. he sat for a long time too so he had time to further learn the art of QB play. then he played on a team that was not going to settle for less. Who does Russell have to learn from? Garcia skipped practices b/c he didn’t want to help the guy. there was no true veteran presence here to show him the ropes or how to be a leader. has the franchise turned around overnight? that is what people seem to expect from a 24 year old after 18 starts. its not going to happen overnight.

  • 4evaRaider

    That was most certainly directed at jablubber.1st day of camp this whole blog was up in arms at the franchise QB not giving a damn about his responsibilitys…No off-season work-outs,no off-season ANYTHINGS.Bet your bottom dollar that was directed at Jmac

  • “Raiders coach Tom Cable on whether there’s a common theme to QB JaMarcus Russell’s erratic passing. “No there’s not. That’s the real issue here, just finding out why those things are going on. As I just talked to the whole team, we each have to do a lot more work. We have to invest a lot more time in what we’re doing every day on our own with our books and note taking and film watching.”

    Ouch, Cable really calling Russell out today…hey buddy, act like a professional is what he is basically saying!

    I wonder if Russell even cares?

    …maybe this Cable guy isn’t so bad after all? Well, never mind…I don’t want to go too far…

  • Nnamdi21

    DownTheBayMOG Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    ”That is directed right at Russell. Russell isn’t putting in the work…”

    You don’t know that. we have TONS of young guys on this team. how do you know he’s not putting in the work? maybe he’s just having a rough beginning 2 the season.


    Scroll down to “Raider wide out Woes” I think its important that Sanjay Lal is our receivers coach? Doesn’t anyone else think thats signifcant in any way?


  • Dakota I posted this last nite. Sorry to Repost:

    # Oakglenn Says:
    September 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Priest, the issue with Jamarcus Russell is what Vince Lombardi called “singleness of purpose.” In other words, he has to live, breath, eat, drink, focus on nothing other than being an NFL Q. NOTHING, other than being a BETTER NFL Q should be in his life. He can’t be into partying, lounging, dog fighting, clubbin’. If he is, he will come into games and go 4 for 17.

  • Twocents

    The only person that can improve Russell’s accuracy is Russell. A coach can point the way, but Russell is going to have to do the work himself.

    Up until now, football has been easy for JaMarcus. I don’t know if he wants it bad enough to do what is necessary.

  • Problem is Jam is going to be SOUNDLY booed in the Coliseum next Sunday. I will bet that guy has never heard a boo directed at him in his life. Now personally, I would not boo him or advocate others to boo him because it does not help a developing player, but I can’t say he doesn’t deserve it with the way he has played this year.

  • Nnamdi21

    Dakota Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    September 21 4:12 ET “Raiders coach Tom Cable challenged his younger players to practice and study harder. When youre as young as we are in some areas, you have to learn how this is your job and this has to consume you that way,” he said. “Its not like when you leave the office you just check out just go into the real world and do whatever. You dont do that in football. It’s just not possible.”

    That is directed right at Russell. Russell isn’t putting in the work


    Could be but its a leap. There are a **** load of young players on this team.










    ect. ect.

  • EXACTLY Oakglenn!

    That is a ton to ask of Russell, I mean at 24 who wouldn’t be tempted to sit back on the knowledge that the bank account is full and the world is your oyster, but if he wants to be great that is what he will have to do. It is what Manning, Montana, Elway, Brady, all the greats had to do…

  • Nnamdi 21…which young player looked like the worst QB in the NFL last night? That’s right…Cable can’t come right out and say RUSSELL, but we all know who he is talking about…

    …the only question is…will Russell get the message or just laugh it off?

  • raideredoutL.A.

    offense obviously will pick it up next week, can’t be worse, right? my brother and i too, were marveling at dmac’s inability to break a tackle, but when there isn’t any holes its hard to even get your legs pumping. vs. sd he looked strong finishing runs but thats when he had room to cut. the entire o has to step up next week. who’s our LG now?

  • Richochet

    First off..WHY REPOST THE FOLLOWING? You posted it, then 10 min later felt compelled to repost? Because?

    Witness: YOU state “When Russell wants to play, he’s money. The throws he completes are really quite nice.”

    What are you? A child? “really quite nice”?? WTF?? Gosh, suzie..praytell, what was “quite nice” about it? You do understand that completeing a pass to a wide open receiver is EXPECTED, right?

    And “when he wants to play’?? You do realize you just insulted the hell out of him, right? See, shouldn’t he “WANT TO PLAY” everytime he walks on the field? You’re saying he decides to slack off for 58 minutes..but then..he “wants to play”??

    Here..let me help you figure it out, ok pumpkin?

    AN NFL QB IS EXPECTED/PAID TO PLAY FOR 60 MINUTES..not 2. When you suck, you suck. The fact the other teams mistakes gave you the game doesn’t erase the fact YOU SUCK.


    LA to TheBay Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    That’s what I’m saying.

    The play calling hasn’t been bad at all depending on what context you put it in.

    Good play calling for a capable offense.

    Poor play calling for forcing a poor offense to complete plays a capable offense could and should.

    When Russell wants to play, he’s money. The throws he completes are really quite nice. That throw to DHB was solid. Beats the CB to the inside, puts the ball underneath the safety. Tight coverage, tighter throw.

    But when he misses….

  • Plunketthead

    3 Sep 27 DEN @ OAK – W
    4 Oct 04 OAK @ HOU – W
    5 Oct 11 OAK @ NYG – L
    6 Oct 18 PHI @ OAK – W
    7 Oct 25 NYJ @ OAK – W
    8 Nov 01 OAK @ SD – W
    9 Bye _
    10 Nov 15 KC @ OAK – W
    11 Nov 22 CIN @ OAK W
    12 Nov 26 OAK @ DAL – W
    13 Dec 06 OAK @ PIT – L
    14 Dec 13 WAS @ OAK – W
    15 Dec 20 OAK @ DEN – W
    16 Dec 27 OAK @ CLE – W
    17 Jan 03 BAL @ OAK – L

    12 – 4 AFC Champion/// Superbowl champ

  • Raider Headbutt

    Plunketthead im assuming you are joking right?